The mystery of Yoda's strange accent may have been solved.
A professor of linguistics says he has worked out the Jedi Master's native language - and claims he grew up speaking Hawaiian.
David Adger, at Queen Mary University of London, said he used 'linguistic detective work' and a process called 'transfer' to make the discovery.
Yoda remains one of Star Wars’ most mysterious characters. Now, a linguist from Queen Mary University of London has revealed an important part of Yoda’s past – and he’s connected it to tropical Hawaii
He told the Press Association: 'All the other creatures in Star Wars speak their own languages. With the Ewoks, Wookiees and Jabba The Hutt they subtitle a chunk of it, so they're all speaking their own language.
'Yoda comes from a mysterious planet and (Star Wars creator) George Lucas never tells us anything about Yoda ... he's meant to be this mysterious Jedi Master.
'But he's obviously speaking English as a second language ... His real language, which I've called Yodish, we don't know anything about.'
Professor Adger, who has previously asked his students to investigate how Yoda speaks, said: 'He's speaking English but changed the structure of it to be like his native language.
'We can find out something about Yoda's native language by looking at how he speaks English, in the same way as I can find out about a French person's native language by looking at how that French person speaks English.
'You use English words but retain some of the structures from that native language.'
The professor has concluded that Yoda's original language, which he 'grew up speaking', was Hawaiian.
WHY YODISH IS LIKE HAWAIIAN
When we say: `Luke is strong with the Force', Luke is what linguists call the subject of the sentence and strong is part of the predicate.
When Yoda says the same thing, he puts that part of the predicate first, so he says `Strong Luke is with the Force!’
By using these linguistic rules, we can make a guess about the language Yoda grew up speaking – 900 years before the events in the films.
Other human languages put the predicate before the subject.
“That's how Hawaiian works,' said Professor Adger. 'So now we know, if Yoda ever came to Earth, he’d probably spend Christmas in Honolulu!”
It comes as the latest Star Wars film - The Last Jedi - was released to rave reviews from critics but a less enthusiastic response from fans.
'The scriptwriters are doing something to make Yoda sound weird. Whatever they're doing is not too far off the mark from what Hawaiian is like,' he said.
'Yoda says things like 'the greatest teacher failure is' ... If you were to say that in a language like Hawaiian ... it would be almost exactly the same ... putting the predicate before the subject.'
He said there were some 'important teaching lessons' behind his conclusions, getting people to understand something of linguistics, the idea of 'transfer' and knowing that 'even when a scriptwriter is making up a way of speaking ... you can get behind that.'
When we say: `Luke is strong with the Force', Luke is the subject of the sentence and strong is part of the predicate. When Yoda says the same thing, he puts that part of the predicate first, so he says `Strong Luke is with the Force!’ in a similar way to Hawaiian (stock)